Jefferson City School District's Eisinger Teacher of the Year Program
In 2016, the Jefferson City School District Foundation received an amazing gift to support the JC Schools Teacher of the Year Program. Don and Linda Eisinger established the annual Eisinger Teacher of the Year and Eisinger Outstanding Educator awards. Because of Mrs. Eisinger’s passion for teaching and her love of children, the Eisingers established this gift to support these awards for 15 years. Mrs. Eisinger (pictured above), a long-time educator at North Elementary and West Elementary, was the 2004 JC Schools Teacher of the Year. She then went on to be the 2005 Missouri State Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Eisinger retired from JC Schools in 2011. For more information, call the JC Schools Foundation at 573-659-3549.
2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year & Outstanding Educator
The Eisinger Award recipients were chosen from a field of full-time certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors, and instructional coaches who were nominated by administrators, colleagues, parents, and students for possessing the qualities of a great educator.
2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year
Jacob Baker, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
The recipient of the 2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award is Mr. Jacob Baker, an eighth grade science teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Mr. Baker comes from a long line of educators and became an educator himself because he wanted to impact the lives of others. In his interview, Mr. Baker said, "I want my kids to know that I love them, and I care about them, and I want to change their lives. That's why I do what I do. Teaching is not about changing every kid, it's about teaching every kid how to change themselves. Then they never have to be afraid to fail ever again!"
2020 Eisinger Outstanding Educator
Megan McReynolds, Capital City High School
Capital City High School teacher Mrs. Megan McReynolds was named the 2020 Eisinger Outstanding Educator. Mrs. McReynolds, who teaches Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences and Physical Science, has been an educator for the past 13 years. "My goal is not just for students to pass their classes, but also to learn how to handle themselves in situations they are uncomfortable in, to be able to have disagreements with people even if that is agreeing to disagree, and to be successful academically."
The other educators selected as 2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year finalists included:
- Susan Isaacs, Callaway Hills Elementary
- Aimee Veile, Jefferson City High School
- Lisa Wieberg, Southwest Early Childhood Center
- Trudy Lakes, Lewis and Clark Middle School
The Eisinger Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, comprised of Jefferson City area community members, chose the six finalists based on their written applications submitted in February. The selection committee then conducted personal interviews with each of the finalists to choose the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and the Eisinger Outstanding Educator.
Past Teacher of the Year Award Recipients
1970: Carl Burkel, JCHS**
1992: Ann Lane, Southwest Elementary
1993: Eva Studley, EER/Simonsen
1994: Dennis Nickelson, JCHS*
1995: Patty Morrow, Moreau Heights Elementary*
1996: Mary Hill, JCHS
1997: Saundra Allen, East Elementary
1998: Barbara Martin, Belair Elementary
1999: Gae Ellyn Gentzsch, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
2000: Jennifer Milne, JCHS
2001: Barb Kuebler, Lewis and Clark Middle School*
2002: Steve Eubanks, JCHS
2003: Christie Kittrell, Belair Elementary
2004: Linda Eisinger, West Elementary**
2005: Ellen Schmidt, Belair Elementary
2006: Linda Heckman, JCHS
2007: Suzanna Haugen, Lewis and Clark Middle School*
2008: Mary Thorne, North Elementary
2009: Peg Vietti, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
2010: Don Gauzy, Lewis and Clark Middle School
2011: Jeni DeFeo, Thomas Jefferson Middle School*
2012: David Ganey, Jefferson City High School2013: Aaron Gillam, Jefferson City High School2014: Beth Dampf, Jefferson City High School2015: Jeff Luttrell, Lewis and Clark Middle School2016: Nikki Carel, Pioneer Trail Elementary2017: Rhonda Allen, Thorpe Gordon Elementary2018: Jana Forck, Jefferson City High School2019: Regina Roe, Jefferson City High School
* = Missouri State Teacher of the Year Finalist
** = Missouri State Teacher of the Year